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Aurora823

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Nov 16, 2018
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Sorry if this is already posted elsewhere. I was thinking to trade in my MacBook Pro 13 inch to Apple to get some money towards a new one. I have a 2017 MacBook Pro 13 inch (w/out Touch Bar). The specs on mine are MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3 GHz 13" 512GB SSD (2017). When I type the serial number on my laptop into the Apple trade-in page it comes up with this: MacBook Pro Core i7 2.5GHz 13" (Mid 2017) 256GB SSD. Anyone else encounter this? I bought my laptop new on BHphoto.com so all should be legit. The reason I am thinking of trading it in now is because I've started having some lovely keyboard issues! Thought I was safe from that but after working from home for past couple months and using my laptop for 8 hours daily it's aging fast! Thank you in advance!!
 

Aurora823

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 16, 2018
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when I try to trade my 2017 MacBook Pro, I get an error saying my device isn't eligible.

Interesting...maybe I'll try the apple chat to see if they can give me more insight on if it's possible or not..I saw other people getting errors like yours so when mine was not that but wrong info I was like hmmm this is confusing...
 

IngerMan

macrumors 68020
Feb 21, 2011
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I changed my orders 3 times on a trade in with Apple. I have a 2017 15” 2.9 purchased from B&H. I was getting $990 from Apple. A few weeks back I picked a MBA i5 8/256. Then I decided I wanted 16GB ram and canceled, reordered a week later, still good. Then the new MBP announced and I cancelled and went to reorder the MBP but my 15” is now $800 trade in.

I checked B&H trade in and they are still offering me the $990, cancelled Apple order and taking the B&H offer for a gift card. Hopefully I figure out what I want from B&H by the end of the month. One thing for sure their rebates will influence my choice. The smoke needs to settle. I’m either going 13” MBP i5 Gen 10 16/512 or MBA i5/16/512. $1799 or $1499. I need to see real reviews of the new MBP but probably Which ever one drops a rebate for $100 wins.

I know that’s not very topic related but thanks for reading.

here is the link for B&H trade in. I hope it helps....


FYI there is a drop down selections where you can select different configurations of your trade in specification
 
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Rizvi1

macrumors 6502a
Mar 29, 2006
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Maryland
I changed my orders 3 times on a trade in with Apple. I have a 2017 15” 2.9 purchased from B&H. I was getting $990 from Apple. A few weeks back I picked a MBA i5 8/256. Then I decided I wanted 16GB ram and canceled, reordered a week later, still good. Then the new MBP announced and I cancelled and went to reorder the MBP but my 15” is now $800 trade in.

I checked B&H trade in and they are still offering me the $990, cancelled Apple order and taking the B&H offer for a gift card. Hopefully I figure out what I want from B&H by the end of the month. One thing for sure their rebates will influence my choice. The smoke needs to settle. I’m either going 13” MBP i5 Gen 10 16/512 or MBA i5/16/512. $1799 or $1499. I need to see real reviews of the new MBP but probably Which ever one drops a rebate for $100 wins.

I know that’s not very topic related but thanks for reading.

here is the link for B&H trade in. I hope it helps....


FYI there is a drop down selections where you can select different configurations of your trade in specification

Reading this post made me realize I should do the Apple trade in ASAP for my mid 2014 MBP. I was going to wait until my new 16" MacBook Pro arrived which has been shipped. But every day I wait, I'm probably risking my trade in value dropping.
 
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azentropy

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Jul 19, 2002
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I was curious at the release of the new 13" to see what they would offer me for my 2015 13", but even after I entered in the SN it didn't figure out what kind it was and had to enter everything manually.
 

Rizvi1

macrumors 6502a
Mar 29, 2006
823
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Maryland
Not always. When you factor in fees (eBay, swappa), as well as PayPal fees and shipping costs you can actually come out better trading it in.

Yeah I think there's a time and place for trade in. Especially if your computer is older. I'm in the process of trading in my Mid 2014 MacBook Pro to apple, but normally, I would always sell my 15" MacBook Pros over the years before the AppleCare ended and would usually do well with them.
 

Boomer5100

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Feb 10, 2016
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Cashforyourmac.com has the best trade in prices and they're honest and don't play the game of lowering your price once they get your computer..."because the condition isn't what you stated." Check them out; they always beat apple.
 
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VertPin

macrumors 6502a
Nov 12, 2015
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Oh really. Show me how I’m wrong since you so eloquently stated your case.
Chill.

I’ve made numerous sales on swappa and compared what I received after shipping/packaging. It was quite a bit more than direct trading.

If you’re curious to see actual numbers, look up a particular model on Swappa, look for the average selling price and factor in packaging/shipping fees, and compare that to the gift card you would receive through Apple’s trade in offer.

The trade in offer Apple provides convenient, but you don’t gain as much money in the process as direct selling.
 

Aurora823

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 16, 2018
28
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I typed in the serial for my i5 2.8 2014 13" on the UK Apple site, and it identified it as an i7.

So I spoke with Apple this afternoon and found out how to do it (since I had the same issue as you). So when you go to type the Serial No. instead of putting your laptop's serial number you should instead type: 12345678900. It will then let you pick the type of laptop (MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc.), year of your laptop, the ghz/core and amount of ssd. Then you can see what the value is for your laptop. Mine turned out to be only $450. Good but wish it was more! haha
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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Oh really. Show me how I’m wrong since you so eloquently stated your case.
I’ve sold several Macs and iPhones on Swappa. They charged a fixed fee ($15 for phones and $35 for PCs), plus you incur the PayPal fees (about 3%). I have always gotten a lot more than what the trade-in value was. Remember that Apple’s third party partner sells these, so they will price so that they earn a profit.
 
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